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Conversations With A #TechRecruiter

Conversations With A #TechRecruiter

By Dean Kulaweera
Discussions about Technology with experts in the Technology space, and job search tips & advice from my experience as a Recruiter working in the world of IT Staffing. Thanks for tuning in! Dean Kulaweera #TechRecruiter
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Episode 086 - Why no one responds to your LinkedIn Messages during your Job Search - Live Stream Recording
In today's weekly Wednesday Live Stream I discussed 5 mistakes Job Seekers make in their LinkedIn messages to Recruiters, HR People, and Hiring Managers. I also provided the 4 components to a good and stronger LinkedIn message. Most job seekers lack the following in their messaging: 1) No clear value proposition 2) No clear intention 3 Message does not capture attention 4) No "WIIFM" for the recipient 5) No call to action or no clear "ask" Tune in Live every Wednesday at 11AM ET on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Instagram for my weekly Job Search Live Streams where I share job search strategies to apply to your job search. Keep pushing through! Dean www.deankulaweera.com
54:47
September 23, 2020
Episode 085 - The Unspoken Questions at Interviews
Not all questions you get asked at Interviews need to be responded to on a surface level - in today's Live Stream I spoke about analyzing whether there might be some unspoken questions or concerns which would require you to "read between the lines" before responding. I discussed 3 questions you need to mentally ask yourself when responding to the question to determine whether there's more to what the Interviewer is asking you. Tune in Live every Wednesday @ 11AM ET for the weekly Live Stream on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Instagram where I cover various job search topics and answer your questions Live! Dean www.deankulaweera.com
59:26
September 16, 2020
Episode 084 - What Job Seekers can do to adapt to a 2nd wave of the pandemic
On today's weekly Live Stream I shared 4 tips for Job Seekers in the case that we're hit with a 2nd wave of the pandemic. I'm not a medical or health expert - but if things do get worse before they get better, I want all job seekers to adopt job search strategies which fit the times. Take heed to these 4 tips, stay positive, and know that there are still opportunities out there and there are still organizations hiring. Tune in LIVE for my weekly Job Search Live Stream on Wednesdays @ 11AM ET on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Periscope and Instagram. All my social media links are at: www.deankulaweera.com Thanks for tuning in! Dean Kulaweera
29:30
September 9, 2020
Episode 083 - Ruzaan Karwa, Banking + AML Professional: From International Student to Managing Financial Intelligence Unit at Major Bank
My guest on today's Live Stream was Ruzaan Karwa, who is a Banking and AML (Anti-Money Laundering) Professional. Ruzaan is a great success story and inspiration: arriving in Canada as an International Student and through hard work and diligence is currently managing the Financial Intelligence Unit at one of Toronto's Major Banks. Ruzaan shared his success tips, job search advice, insights into the AML space, career mistakes, and much more. You can connect with Ruzaan on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruzaankarwa/ For more information about Visionary Advisory Group where Ruzaan is Chief Mentor, visit: https://www.linkedin.com/company/42864303/admin/ --- Connect with me - all my social media links at: www.deankulaweera.com --- Dean
1:05:11
September 3, 2020
Episode 082 - 8 Steps to consider when responding to Interview questions
If you're actively interviewing, make sure you're following these 8 steps I covered in today's Live Stream in responding to Interview questions. Working in Recruitment, I've seen many Job Seekers find HOW to respond to interview questions somewhat of a mystery. In today's segment I'm discussing what you need to be doing before, during, and after being asked a question. Dean Kulaweera. www.deankulaweera.com
49:32
September 2, 2020
Episode 081 - Job Search Q&A Special Segment with guest Gurpreet K. Mann
I had special guest Gurpreet K. Mann as my guest earlier today and we discussed various areas of the #Jobsearch and answered Live questions from the viewers: - #TimeManagement in your job search - The importance of listening skills - The effectiveness of #mockinterviews - Why applying to jobs online as your sole job search strategy may be a losing game And much more! If you're an IT Professional interested in more info about the Job Search Bootcamp for IT Professionals I'm collaborating on with Gurpreet - reach out to me on LinkedIn @ www.linkedin.com/in/deankulaweera Dean
1:10:32
September 2, 2020
Episode 080 - Putting #ONO on your LinkedIn headline: Does it benefit Job Seekers?
On today's episode of my weekly Live Stream, I discussed the topic of Job Seekers putting #ONO, "Open to New Opportunities", and other variants on their LinkedIn Headline. Does it really benefit Job Seekers? Does it matter? Tune in LIVE every Wednesday @ 11AM ET on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, and Instagram Live to my Live Stream where I discuss various Job Search topics. --- Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanKulaweera Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera --- Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
37:06
August 26, 2020
Episode 079 - Why your Resume is getting you any responses?! Special Guest: Gurpreet K. Mann
Live Stream Recording of my weekly Wednesday LIVE Stream: Many Job Seekers are still experiencing the difficulty of not getting any response to their Resume submissions. No responses to your Resumes = no Interviews. No Interviews = no job offers. So what's the deal? Here's the deal in the current job market environment we're in: more available talent competing over a smaller pool of opportunities. Myself and my special guest Gurpreet K. Mann discussed these issues and answered LIVE questions from the audience. Tune in LIVE to my weekly stream on Wednesdays @ 11AM ET - I go LIVE on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter/Periscope We're also collaborating on a Bootcamp specifically for IT Professionals in Canada or the US - new session starting this Friday August 21 @ 10AM. Sign up before its too late as seating is limited: https://store.hrsuperhero.ca/1f3e03f7-bd19-4c73-b499-4a33a49f1909 --- Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanKulaweera Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera --- Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
1:13:20
August 19, 2020
Episode 078 - #TechTalks: Talking CyberSecurity + SmartBuildings with Harsha Vachher
On today's Live Stream Recording of #TechTalks, my guest is Harsha Vachher - Founder + CEO, K Tech Labs. We chatted about CyberSecurity and SmartBuildings. Harsha shared her career journey and stories about the importance of CyberSecurity in her space.  For more information about Harsha's company please visit www.ktechlabs.ca.  You can also connect with Harsha on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harsha-vachher-80421596/ --- Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanKulaweera Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera --- Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
41:30
August 18, 2020
Episode 077 - Live Stream Recording: Business Analyst Career Path with Eno Eka, BA Career Coach
My guest Eno Eka, BA Career Coach shared career advice for Business Analysts (both current and aspiring) on building a career as a BA, and also covered Job Search tips and advice. Great episode - enjoy! For more info about Eno: https://www.linkedin.com/in/enoeka-businessanalysis-coach-businessanalyst-businessanalysiscoach-cbap-prosci-ccba-ecba-career/ --- Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanKulaweera Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera --- Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
1:01:10
August 13, 2020
Episode 076 - Live Stream Recording: Will getting Professional Certifications help in your Job Search?
In today's weekly Live Stream I discussed the question of: "Will getting Professionals Certifications assist in my job search?". Yes and No - it depends on a few factors. I provide my insights on this and share some tips on a few things to consider if you're looking to invest in professional certifications.  Every Wednesday @ 11AM ET I go LIVE on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Periscope to discuss various job search topics. Follow me on those channels below if you want to tune in LIVE! Be sure to subscribe for regular content! --- Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanKulaweera Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera --- Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
53:23
August 12, 2020
Episode 075 - Technical Program Management, Philosophy, Mistakes, and Building Rome(s) with Aadil Mann
My guest on this week's segment of #TechTalks with a #TechRecruiter was Aadil Mann and we talked Technical Program Management. Aadil has had a fantastic career path at companies such as BlackBerry, Apple, Google, and currently he is Program Director, Digital Privacy at Nike. He also invests in startups in the Tech space. We spoke about the importance of philosophy in Program Management, mistakes, best practices, recommended reading, career advice for those with an interest in this career path, and we discussed his new Newsletter "Building Rome(s)". You can subscribe to Aadil's Newsletter at: http://buildingromes.substack.com/ Website: http://aadilmaan.com/ --- Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanKulaweera Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera --- Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
48:15
August 11, 2020
Episode 074 - Tips to staying motivated during your Job Search!
I discuss my top tips to help you stay motivated during your #JobSearch - especially when things aren't really going your way in the current environment we're in. To tune in LIVE on my weekly Live Streams every week Wednesday @ 11AM ET, follow me on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.  ---  Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanKulaweera  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
45:20
August 5, 2020
Episode 073 - #TechTalks: The real deal about Agile with Emal Bariali - Founder, BA BLOCKS
My guest Emal Bariali is a Senior BA/BSA and avid content creator with *very strong opinions* about Agile. Emal is also Founder of a great online community and training for Business Analysts, called BA BLOCKS. Emal dropped some "realness" on Agile and we talked about Business Analysis. You don't want to miss this discussion. Had some great Live questions from the viewers as well. For more info about the BA BLOCKS Community: https://bablocks.com/?ref=5 --- Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanKulaweera Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera --- Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
1:05:30
August 4, 2020
072 - The challenges faced by International Students in Canada, with Arjun Kashetty - Founder, Fellow International Student
My guest Arjun Kashetty arrived in Canada as an International Student himself and built himself a successful career since then. He founded and now runs Fellow International Student - a group very active in educating International Students in Canada through their awesome content and events. In this segment, Arjun sheds light on the cycles International Students go through, homesickness, being in bad company, school, work, and everything in between. If you're especially an International Student, you do NOT want to miss out on this episode. ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/DeanKulaweera  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:00:41
August 1, 2020
Episode 071 - Virtual Career Fairs: Are they for all #JobSeekers?
I discuss a few tips and factors to keep in mind if you're considering attending a Virtual Career Fair. Career Fairs are great learning and networking opportunities - however only if you attend the right ones, and have done your research. Tune in to my weekly Live Streams every Wednesday LIVE @ 11AM ET on LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube, and Periscope - links below! ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera -- Dean Kulaweera
39:59
July 29, 2020
Episode 070 - Overcoming the "No Canadian Work Experience" barrier in Canada - with Career Coach Daisy Wright
My guest today is Career Coach Daisy Wright who is also Author of the book "No Canadian Experience, Eh?". Daisy shared tips, strategies and insights for Newcomers to Canada who are experiencing the hurdle of having no Canadian work experience. Why does that even mean? Why do organizations in Canada look for this? Is this only occurring in Canada? How do newcomers deal with this? We discuss this and Daisy also answers live questions from the comments. ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DeanKulaweera/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/DeanKulaweera/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/DeanKulaweera/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:02:45
July 23, 2020
Episode 069 - 2 Questions Job Seekers NEED to be asking early on in their Interviews
On this week's weekly Wednesday #LiveStream I'm covering 2 questions all #JobSeekers need to be asking as early on in the #interview as possible, to set themselves up for a successful discussion. Especially important if all you have is a job description to go by prior to the meeting! Live Q&A after.   Tune in to my weekly Live Streams every Wednesday 11AM ET.   Have a great one!   ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/DeanKulaweera  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
44:56
July 22, 2020
Episode 068 - Canadian Immigration Q&A for people moving to Canada - or already here!
SPECIAL SEGMENT: My guest Zee, discussed and shared general advice regarding the Canadian immigration process, scams, PR, Work Permits, why Canada is a great place - and much more!   ---   To Connect with Zee:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/zeenatali-sutar-57845415/  Facebook: www.facebook.com/Zeeoverseas/  Website: www.zeeoverseas.com   ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
55:48
July 16, 2020
Episode 067 - Common Interview mistake Job Seekers should avoid
Isn't is considered 'pestering' when you direct message and email Recruiters and Hiring Managers during your #Jobsearch? Does it make you look "desperate"?  I answer these and other questions, and share 3 tips to ensure you're messaging isn't coming across as pestering and that you capture the attention of who you're reaching out to.   ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
59:20
July 15, 2020
Episode 66 - Scrum + Scrum Masters with Bola Adesope, Scrum Master & Agile Coach
My guest Bola Adesope discusses a full 360 regarding Scrum and Scrum Masters - how Scrum came about, the purpose of Scrum Masters, best practices, challenges, mistakes, and much more.   ---   To Connect with Bola:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bolaadesope/  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bolaadesope/   For more information on H.O.P.S:  https://hopsglobal.org/   ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera   ---   Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:02:57
July 14, 2020
Episode 065 - #JobSearch Chat with Dr. Amanda Rico: Resumes, Cover Letters, and LinkedIn
What's a good Resume format? Are video Resumes the new thing? Are Cover Letter's still required? Why Page 1 of your Resume is "Prime Real Estate" - and more.   My guest this week is Dr. Amanda Rico, Ph.D. - Dr. Rico is a Career Strategist and Professional Resume Writer with over 13 years' experience. Dr. Rico shared amazing insights, tips, and advice in relation to Resumes, Cover Letter, LinkedIn profiles and more.  ---  To Connect with/Follow Dr. Rico:   Twitter: @ricoeditorial  Website: www.ricoeditorialservices.com  LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/amandaricophd   ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:08:10
July 9, 2020
Episode 064 - Direct messaging Recruiters and Hiring Managers: Good or bad idea?
Isn't is considered 'pestering' when you direct message and email Recruiters and Hiring Managers during your #Jobsearch? Does it make you look "desperate"?   I answer these and other questions, and share 3 tips to ensure you're messaging isn't coming across as pestering and that you capture the attention of who you're reaching out to.   ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:02:35
July 8, 2020
Episode 063 - #TechTalks - The role of an Agile Coach - Aariz Kadri @ www.leanagilist.net
My guest on this week's #TechTalks is Aariz Kadri who is an Agile Coach. We discussed various aspects of the Agile Mindset and the role Agile Coaches play at Organizations.  We also covered:   - What Agile really is?  - Challenges faced by Agile Coaches  - Best practices for Agile Coaches  - Career advice  - And much more!   ---   To Connect with Aariz:   LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aariz-kadri-spc-5-rte-ceac-less-icp-trainer-cbpro-20018a111/  Website: www.leanagilist.net  Email: consultant@leanagilist.net   ---   Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:07:41
July 7, 2020
Episode 062 - Weekly Live Stream Recording - Canada Day Special: Dealing with "no Canadian experience" barrier
Happy Canada Day! In today's Live Stream I addressed how you REALLY need to be responding when you face "no Canadian experience" as a barrier to your job search as a newcomer to Canada.  You'll notice this is the same framework I suggest for handling any and most objections you'll hear in your job search:   1) Acknowledge you don't have Canadian experience  2) Put the focus on what you DO have experience with  3) Probe/investigate to find out what they do like about you  4) Close them on moving you forward in the process   Don't lose heart when you face any barrier in your job search. Apply this framework and keep moving forward.  To tune in LIVE to my weekly Live Stream on Wednesdays at 11AM ET follow my LinkedIn profile or Facebook page. Links below! ---  Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
38:23
July 1, 2020
Episode 061 - #TechTalks - Product Management with Debadyuti Roy Chowdhury, Product Leader
My guest in this segment is Senior Product Leader, Debadyuti (Deb) Roy Chowdhury. We had a great conversation about Product Management.  Key areas we focused on were:   - Core functions of Product Management and Product Managers  - Why teams need Product Managers? - Product Management roadmap  - The importance of Discovery  - How to be a successful Product Manager + challenges  - Advice to those interested in Product Management as a career  - And more!  ---  To connect with Debadyuti:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/debadyutirc/  Product Management Wiki: metaproduct.wiki  ---  Follow/Connect with me:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter  Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/  YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ  Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera  ---  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:06:03
June 30, 2020
Episode 60 - #JobSearch Chat Special Segment - Dealing with stress, anxiety, depression during your Job Search - with special guest Soha Juneja
Many #JobSeekers are experiencing stress, anxiety - and in some cases, depression, during their #JobSearch. My guest Soha Juneja is a Mental Health Advisor & Happiness Coach and I'm asking her about how to handle the mental toll this has on us. Live Q&A after. To Connect with Soha: https://www.linkedin.com/in/soha-j-79088451/ Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/ LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
1:02:09
June 25, 2020
Episode 059 - Why you're not getting responses to your online job application/Resume submissions - Live Stream Recording
At the time of this Live Stream, 546 #jobseekers voted on my #LinkedInPoll with 64% saying they struggle with not getting any response to their online job application submissions. That's 300+ people from that sample size. In this Live Stream I discussed why only applying online is a failing strategy and discuss 6 additional steps you need to be taking. To tune in live - join me weekly on Wednesday's at 11AM ET on LinkedIn or my Facebook Page. Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/ LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
1:08:21
June 24, 2020
Episode 058 - #TechTalks - Sales Engineering with Ramzi Marjaba of www.wethesalesengineers.com
Is Sales Engineering a field people in IT should consider? My guest today is Ramzi Marjaba who runs www.wethesalesengineers.com and he thinks so - Ramzi spent the first 10 years of his career in IT Networking & Systems Engineering and made the switch to Sales Engineering and loves it. In today's episode we discuss what exactly a Sales Engineer does, what qualifications and attributes are required to be successful in this space, what a typical day looks like for a Sales Engineer, career advice, and more! Follow/Connect with Ramzi: Website: WeTheSalesEngineers.com LinkedIn Company: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wethesalesengineers LinkedIn Personal: linkedin.com/in/ramzimarjaba Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeTheSEs Follow/Connect with me: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/conversationswithatechrecruiter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/dktechrecruiter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dktechrecruiter/ LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dktechrecruiter/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDUxFIOzKGv89KUVANEtLwQ Podcast : https://anchor.fm/dean-kulaweera Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
43:05
June 23, 2020
Episode 057 - Why close to no one responds to your #JobSearch messages/email inquiries
Recording of my Live Stream from Wednesday June 17, 2020 at 11AM Eastern Time Zone - tune in every week LIVE on LinkedIn and my Facebook Page. Links at my personal website below.   Today I covered WHY Recruiters and most of the people you send messages to on #LinkedIn and email during your job search, do not respond to your messages.  I covered:  1) The #1 Reason nobody responds  2) The key factor that's probably missing in your messages/emails  3) The 4 components of a well-structured message   I then opened the floor to Q&A.  Check it and enjoy - to tune in live, follow me on #LinkedIn or my Facebook Page on Wednesdays 11AM ET.  Links at my website below:   www.deankulaweera.com   Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter
51:41
June 17, 2020
Episode 056 - #TechTalks - IT Spending/Budget cuts due to Covid-19 - with Jeffrey Tefertiller
Live Stream recording of my segment from June 16, 2020 - I'm joined by my previous guest Jeffrey Tefertiller who is an Entrepreneur + Founder of Service Management Leadership, a consulting firm.    A recent IDC article projects IT spending to drop by 5.1%. Gartner projects an 8% drop. Jeffrey will be weighing in on this and sharing his thoughts.   Article referenced here: https://www-cio-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.cio.com/article/3545534/sharp-it-budget-cuts-expected-in-wake-of-covid-19.amp.html   You can follow Jeffrey on Social Media at the following links:  Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFx6bOa8j_OahpgjH31zmrA/featured  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreytefertiller  Reddit: u/JeffreyTefertiller and his community at: r/ServiceMgmtLeadership   For more information Jeffrey's consulting company and how he can help your organization, you can visit the website at: http://www.servicemanagement.us/   Enjoy!  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
43:07
June 16, 2020
Episode 055 - #JobSearch Chat - Interview Tips & Strategy w/ John Ribeiro
Feeling nervous before #interviews? Need #interviewtips, tactics and strategy?   Live Stream recording of today's guest, John Ribeiro who is a #CareerCoach and Co-Founder of Zero2Hired / Canadian Job Search Academy.   We're talking 100% interviews:  - Purpose of interviews from organization's perspective  - Major interview mistakes candidates make  - Tips for being well-prepared  - How to build confidence for interviews and get over anxiety?  - How to build rapport  - Tips for #newcomers to the country  - And more!  - LIVE Q&A   To connect with John:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/ribeirojohn/   For more information about how John can help you:  www.canadianjobsearchacademy.com   Enjoy!  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:03:20
June 11, 2020
Episode 054 - Panel Discussion - Discrimination in the World of Work w/ Daisy Wright and Tanya Sinclair
Recording of a Live Stream I hosted for a special panel discussion to discuss barriers, blocks, discrimination and racism faced by members in the Black Community in their careers.  I'm joined by:   Daisy Wright - Forbes Coach, Career Coach/Strategist & Entrepreneur  https://www.linkedin.com/in/daisywright/   Tanya Sinclair, CHRE - Chief People Officer @ Artscape  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tanyahr   This is a discussion everyone needs to hear!   Dean Kulaweera  www.deankulaweera.com
1:03:20
June 10, 2020
Episode 053 - #TechTalks - Business Analysis with Eno Eka
Recording of my LIVE #TechTalks session on Tuesday June 9, 2020 with Eno Eka, who is a Business Analyst and Princpal Consultant at Eny Consulting Inc and we spoke about all things Business Analysis:   - Best practices for Business Analysts  - Challenges faced by BA's  - What does it take to be a successful BA?  - Trends in the space  - Career advice for BA's  - How she coaches BA's for success and achieving their career goals  - And more   We also opened the floor to LIVE questions from viewers regarding Business Analysis.   To connect with Eno and for more information about her, check out:  LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/enoeka-businessanalysis-coach-businessanalyst-businessanalysiscoach-cbap-prosci-ccba-ecba-career/   Website: https://www.enoeka.com/   Enjoy!  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
55:47
June 10, 2020
Episode 052 - #JobSearch Chat with Diana YK Chan - Live Stream Recording
Live recording of my Live Stream from June 4, 2020 with Diana YK Chan - Founder, My Marketability.  In this episode Diana shared her thoughts on:   - Advice to #JobSeekers from Diana's time working as a #Recruiter at Google  - Developing confidence as a Job Seeker  - How to navigate the current #JobMarket through #Covid19  - Networking tips, advice and strategies  - LIVE Q&A with Diana, and more topics!   For more information about Diana and how she can help you, connect with her at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/dianachan/   Enjoy!   Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:00:43
June 4, 2020
Episode 051 - Live Stream Recording - 4 Tips on taking the right approach at #Interviews
Recording of my Live Stream from Wednesday June 3, 2020 at 11AM Eastern Time Zone - tune in every week LIVE on LinkedIn and my Facebook Page. Links at my personal website below.  Today I covered 4 tips on taking the right approach at your interviews:   1) Think of it like a "Discovery" meeting where you're getting to understand the organization's needs   2) Take an investigative approach - the Doctor vs Patient analogy   3) Listening to understand vs listening to respond   4) Do not wait until the very end to ask your questions   I also answered some live questions from the viewers.   Check out the full segment. Enjoy!   Links to my LinkedIn and Facebook Page so you can follow me LIVE at:   www.deankulaweera.com
41:23
June 3, 2020
Episode 050 - #TechTalks - Data Analytics with Sajid Pathan
This week's episode my guest is Sajid Pathan, Entrepreneur and Co-Founder of BACG Canada. He is also Founder of Canadian Analytics Collaborative, an awesome informational and meetup group whose events I have attended on a couple of occasions as a speaker, panelist, and as an attendee.   In this conversation we covered:   - What is Data Analytics?  - What does it really mean to be "data-driven"?  - Why should organizations be data-driven?  - How can organizations really position themselves to be data-driven?  - Typical roadmap for organizations to get good at Analytics  - Challenges/roadblocks in Analytics at Organizations  - Trends, advice to those seeking a career in Data Analytics  - And much more!   For more information about Sajid and to connect with/follow him, check out:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sajidpathan/  Meetup.com Group: https://www.meetup.com/Canadian-Analytics-Collaborative/   Enjoy!  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
53:07
June 2, 2020
Episode 49 - #JobSearch chat with Meena Dowlwani - Live Stream Recording
Recording of my Live Stream from May 28, 2020 with Meena Dowlwani, CEO of Destination CEO. In this episode Meena shared her thoughts on:   - Common #JobSearch mistakes Job Seekers make  - Adapting your job search strategy to Covid-19's impact on the job market  - Advice to Students/New Graduates who do not have professional experience  - How do you get an internship?  - And much more!   For more information about Meena and how she can help you, connect with her at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meenadceo/   Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
50:54
May 28, 2020
Episode 048 - Live Stream Recording - Anxiety + Your Interviews
Recording of my Live Stream from Wednesday May 27, 2020 at 11AM Eastern Time Zone - tune in every week LIVE on LinkedIn and my Facebook Page. Links at my personal website below. Today I covered how to deal with or lessen anxiety before or during your job interviews as a candidate. I covered 3 tips: 1) Acceptance 2) Preparation 3) Pipeline Check out the full segment. Had some technical difficulties at the beginning of the Live Stream but smooth sailing beyond that. Enjoy! Links to my LinkedIn and Facebook Page so you can follow me LIVE at: www.deankulaweera.com
49:07
May 27, 2020
Episode 047 - #TechTalks - Business Continuity with Jeffrey Tefertiller
This week, I brought back previous guest Jeffrey Tefertiller, who owns Service Management Leadership, a consulting firm. He is the author of 4 books on ITSM and in this episode, we discussed his recent, and 5th book, on Business Continuity titled: "Business Continuity: The Art of Staying Continuous" which you can purchase on Amazon. To watch full version in video - check out my YouTube channel listed on my personal website below. In this conversation we covered:   - What you can expect to learn in his book  - Refresher on what Business Continuity is  - Business Continuity Programs - what are they?  - Jeffrey's analogy in his book of Business Continuity and Art  - The 5 Elements of a Business Continuity Program  - Key Challenges in implementing a Business Continuity Program & overcoming them  - And much more!   Enjoy!   Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
34:33
May 26, 2020
Episode 046 - Not all #JobSearch advice is GOOD #JobSearch advice
In my recent conversation with Gurpreet Kaur Mann aka HR Superhero, we discussed the topic of evaluating the #JobSearch advice out there. Many job seekers are in a continuous state of confusion because 1) There's so much advice out there, and 2) Not all that advice is good advice. I share a clip in which Gurpreet shared some excellent insights regarding this and how to evaluate the advice you're receiving. For more information about Gurpreet follow her at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/manngurpreet/   Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
08:42
May 25, 2020
Episode 045 - #JobSearch Chat with Gurpreet Kaur Mann - Live Stream Recording
Live recording of my Live Stream from May 21, 2020 with Gurpreet Kaur Mann aka HR Superhero. We shared our thoughts on the job search from two different perspectives: from a #Recruiter and from an #HR expert - we also answered Job Search questions LIVE as well.   Some of the topics we covered included:  - Resume tips and advice  - Are there really job opportunities right now during this whole pandemic ordeal?  - Common mistakes job seekers make  - Bad job search advice  - How to deal with Recruiters applying pressure on you as a #JobSeeker  - Staying positive   For more information about Gurpreet and how she can help you, follow her at:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/manngurpreet/   Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
1:33:50
May 21, 2020
Episode 044 - Live Stream Recording - General Job Search Q&A
Recording of my Live Stream from Wednesday May 20, 2020 at 11AM Eastern Time Zone - tune in every week LIVE on LinkedIn and my Facebook Page. Links at my personal website below. Today's questions which were asked: - What adjustments can be made to your resume if you're a new graduate and you don't have professional experience? - Which market sectors are hiring right now? - Where do you look for Project Management opportunities? - How to best position yourself for a promotion? - Are there opportunities in Data Science? - And more! Links to my LinkedIn and Facebook Page so you can follow me LIVE at: www.deankulaweera.com
54:40
May 20, 2020
Episode 043 - #TechTalks - Cybersecurity for everyday life - with Danny Pehar
*For video version of this discussion, check out my YouTube channel - link on my website further down* This week my guest is Danny Pehar, an expert in the Cybersecurity space, member of the Forbes Technology Council, and someone very active on social media in educating, not only other cybersecurity professionals, but also the "non-technical", everyday, regular, normal people - such as myself! I came across Danny on LinkedIn and was really drawn in by how simple and easy-to-understand his content on Cybersecurity was - so you know the D-Man had to interview him! In this discussion we covered:   - Is Cybersecurity really a big deal for "non-technical" people/users to be aware of? Why?  - Most common Cybersecurity attacks and the motivations of the attackers  - Danny's "Walled House" Analogy and what it means for all of us with respect to Cybersecurity  - What do we do everyday to put ourselves at risks?  - "Work from home" - convenient but risky?  - Trends, advice to new grads and those with an interest in building a career in this exciting space  - And much more!   To follow/connect with Danny and learn more about him:  Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dannypehar/  Twitter: @dannypehar  Website: www.DannyPehar.com   Enjoy - and don't forget to 'like', comment, and share!  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter  www.deankulaweera.com
45:13
May 19, 2020
Episode 042 - Building self-confidence in your #JobSearch: 6 questions to ask yourself
You need to be so sold on yourself as being the most qualified person for whatever position you're interviewing for, that for the organization to choose anyone other than yourself would be a disservice to them: that needs to be your attitude and mindset. This does not mean be arrogant and unprofessional. But you need to have a genuine belief that YOU are the ONE. If you don't believe that - no one else will. In today's episode I'm speaking about 6 questions you need to ask yourself to help you build that self-confidence so you understand the impact you can have on the organization. Follow me on all my other social media channels as well - links at my personal website www.deankulaweera.com
18:35
May 18, 2020
Episode 041 - Live Stream Recording - Implementing "Role-Playing" for Job Seekers
Recording of my Live Stream from Wednesday May 13, 2020. Speaking about:  - The importance of "roleplaying" as a #JobSeeker - prepare for what you can anticipate!  - Keeping track of stalls/rejections/objections you receive  - What people say is different from what they really mean   Tune in LIVE Wednesdays at 11AM Eastern Time Zone on Facebook or LinkedIn for my live streams - links at my personal website:  www.deankulaweera.com   Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter
1:08:09
May 13, 2020
Episode 040 - #TechTalks - ERP systems with Osita Nwajiufor
My guest this week is Osita Nwajiufor, an expert in the ERP Systems space and Founder of NIPCA (Nigerian IT Professionals in Canada). In our discussion, Osita provided his insights and expertise in various important topics such as:   - What type of organizations & industries benefit the most from using ERP Systems?  - What are the advantages of having an ERP system and what impact does it have on a business? - What's with the recent and visible increase in ERP Implementation projects?  - Major challenges in ERP implementations & how to deal with them?  - Trends, popularity of SAP, career opportunities within the ERP domain, etc  - We also talk about NIPCA, the non-profit Osita started and grew to 500+ members across Canada  - And much more!   To connect/network with Osita:  - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ositanipca/  - Instagram: osita_man   For more information about NIPCA (Nigerian IT Professionals in Canada):  - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/nipca/  - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NigerianITProfessionalsinCanada/  - Twitter: @nipcacanada   Enjoy!  Dean Kulaweera - IT Recruiter www.deankulaweera.com
35:48
May 12, 2020
Episode 039 - Why you need to role-play as a Job Seeker
Are you practicing and rehearsing how you'll be responding to common responses/objections/stalls/rejections you hear during your Job Search? If not - you should be. As a Recruiter, I role-play regularly - or at least I used to and then stopped. I briefly let you know what happened after I stopped this great habit of mine and why you need to start doing the same as a job seeker.  Follow me on LinkedIn and Facebook for my weekly Live Video Streams; links can be found at: www.deankulaweera.com
15:13
May 12, 2020
Episode 038 - Live Stream Recording - Video Interview Preparation Tips
Recording of my Live Video Stream from Wednesday May 6, 2020. Every week on Wednesdays I go live at 11AM Eastern Time Zone on LinkedIn and Facebook and discuss various Job Search topics. Links to follow me are below if you want to tune in live. This week I covered video interview preparation tips. With most business operating remotely and most hiring processes being done remotely, you will most probably be getting interviewed via video. Here are some preparation tips so you go in well-prepared to put your best foot forward!  Follow me on LinkedIn and Facebook for my weekly streams LIVE - social media links on my personal website: www.deankulaweera.com
1:17:18
May 6, 2020
Episode 037 - #TechTalks - DevOps with Garima Bajpai
My guest this week is Garima Bajpai - someone very active in the DevOps community and an expert in the space. In our discussion we covered:  - The end goals of a DevOps environment  - What led to the creation of DevOps environments and why is it so popular in recent times?  - Major areas of DevOps  - Advantages/benefits of DevOps practices and processes and how to take advantage of them  - Key challenges and how to overcome them?  - Inclusiveness in DevOps  - Her upcoming book "DevOps Moonshot" - Trends, what the future holds, and much, much more!   To follow and connect with Garima for all things DevOps:  Blog - https://www.capitalcarbonconsulting.com/blog/  Twitter - @bajpaigarima1  Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/garimabajpai/
47:24
May 6, 2020
Episode 036 - 4 Tips to move fast on job opportunities - Live Stream recording
Recording of my Live Video Stream from Wednesday April 29, 2020. Every week on Wednesdays I go live at 11AM Eastern Time Zone on LinkedIn and Facebook and discuss various Job Search topics. Links to follow me are below if you want to tune in live. Last week's session I covered the importance of moving fast on job opportunities in the current environment and 4 tips on helping you do so. Follow me on LinkedIn and Facebook for my weekly streams LIVE - links on my personal website: www.deankulaweera.com
1:01:16
May 6, 2020
Episode 035 - Should you count on your Resume/CV during a highly competitive job market?
For must of us, the situation is such: there are much fewer available opportunities in the current environment due to Covid-19 and a greater amount of available talent competing over the same roles. Chances are, you will be experiencing much greater competition for the roles which you're applying for. Depending on your resume/CV may not be effective due to: 1) As mentioned above, more competition and more applications for available positions 2) Because there is more available and willing candidates, unless you are one of the first few to apply for a role, its possible the organization might not even get around to your resume/CV as they might fill up their interview slots within their first 10 phone calls. In today's episode I suggest some solutions to this to help ensure that while you continue using your resume/CV, you're also using other means to get yourself in front of the right people.
14:19
May 5, 2020
Episode 034 - #TechTalks - JavaScript with Hari Kizhakkillom
This week's episode, my guest is Hari Kizhakkillom - a JavaScript expert. We had a very interesting discussion covering:  - The evolution of JavaScript  - Why its so popular  - The JavaScript frameworks such as Angular and React  - Challenges faced by Developers and how to navigate them  - Hari's advice to JavaScript Developers in order to ace interviews and set themselves off to a strong career by focusing on an important factor aside from technical ability  - And much more!   You can follow and connect with Hari directly at the following channels for his articles, blogs, and more information about his workshops:  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harikrishkk/ Personal Website: https://www.harihere.com/
40:21
April 30, 2020
Episode 033 - 3 general rules in relation to your resume/CV
Are you placing too much importance on your resume/CV? Your resume is certainly a very important document especially during the early stages of your job search. In this episode I discuss: 1) The degree to which your resume is important 2) The stage at which its importance drops 3) What you still need to do in relation to your resume/CV
11:59
April 28, 2020
Episode 032 - #TechTalks - IT Service Management & Business Continuity with Jeffrey Tefertiller
This week's episode I speak with Jeffrey Tefertiller who owns Service Management Leadership, a consulting firm. He is the author of 4 books on ITSM and will be releasing his forthcoming book on Business Continuity. We had a great discussion about various aspects of IT Service Management & Business Continuity - some of the major topics we covered included:   - What is IT Service Management?  - Why is ITSM important to organizations? What are the advantages of an organization that does versus does not have ITSM policies/procedures in place?  - How do you apply Service Management principles at an organization?  - What's the big deal with ITIL?  - Advice to new graduates and those with an interest in ITSM  - Business Continuity - why is it important, especially now with Covid-19?  - And much more!   You can follow/connect with Jeffrey on Social Media at the following links:  Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFx6bOa8j_OahpgjH31zmrA/featured  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreytefertiller  Reddit: u/JeffreyTefertiller and his community at: r/ServiceMgmtLeadership    For more information Jeffrey's consulting company and how he can help your organization, you can visit the website at: http://www.servicemanagement.us/
46:47
April 24, 2020
Episode 031 - 5 Things to do after getting over the shock of a lay-off
I speak about 5 things you can do after getting over that initial shock of being at the receiving end of a lay-off. Sometimes lay-offs are anticipated, other times, they get you by surprise. Either way, unless you hate the company you were at and are relieved, its never a pleasant experience. So how do you get back in the game and move onwards in your job search? I discuss some action steps you need to get to get there.
16:05
April 21, 2020
Episode 30 - #TechTalks - Cybersecurity and Smart Buildings with Harsha Vachher (Founder, K Tech Labs)
In my very first segment of my new weekly series #TechTalks with a #TechRecruiter, my guest Harsha Vachher (Founder of K Tech Labs) is a Cybersecurity expert in the field of Smart Buildings/Real Estate. In this episode Harsha discusses key aspects of Cybersecurity:  - What is Cybersecurity? Is it important for us to be aware of?  - What are SmartBuildings and what is their relationship to Cybersecurity?  - What are some of the trends, benefits, and threats in SmartBuildings?  - Why the Real Estate sector is "low hanging fruit" for hackers  - How can we protect ourselves from such threats  - And more!   To watch video version, check out: https://youtu.be/32dv01X1K_I You can follow/connect with Harsha on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/harsha-va...  For more information on Harsha's company K Tech Labs and how she can help secure your building for Cybersecurity threats, visit: http://www.ktechlabs.ca/
28:01
April 16, 2020
Episode 029 - Best way to contact Recruiters for job opportunities
"Dean - what's the best way to contact Recruiters?". This is a common question I get asked - and its an important question to cover especially in today's environment (I'm speaking of the current situation as of April 2020) where there is an increased amount of available talent and fewer opportunities resulting in higher competition for open opportunities. Should you use LinkedIn? Should you stick to email? Is using the phone even appropriate in 2020? I'm going to cover this in today's episode.
15:56
April 14, 2020
Episode 028 - Moving with Speed & Urgency in today's new Job Market environment
Things are a lot different now than they were a few weeks ago. A LOT different from a few months ago. The job search market is totally different from what you're probably used to - and you need to adapt to it. A major adaptation you need to make is moving fast and with a sense of urgency on opportunities which interest you. I've spoken about speed & urgency in the past, way before any of this came to be. However its now more important than ever.
12:07
April 7, 2020
Episode 027 - 4 current #jobsearch trends influenced by Covid-19
Today's episode is an important one for those of your actively looking for new opportunities: adapting to the current trends I'm seeing which are occurring in response to the current situation with Covid-19. We can all agree that things are a bit different - what I want to get your attention on is confronting the major trends so you can adapt and adjust your job search to them. There are opportunities out there; but you have to make the right adjustments to get there.
19:00
March 31, 2020
Episode 026 - Adapting your Job Search to Covid-19
Nobody could have predicted Covid-19, and how far-reaching its effects have been. I know a lot of you may have been effected by its repercussions, whether as an active or passive job seeker. Or perhaps you've been effected by lay-offs due to the outbreak and state of emergency in your city/country. I recorded this episode to get you focused back on your job search with 6 tips to help you adapt to the situation and keep moving forward with your job search.
13:22
March 24, 2020
Episode 025 - Getting clarity on job descriptions with ridiculous requirements
As a Job Seeker, you'll probably come across job descriptions for roles which interest you, which list a ridiculously laundry list of requirements which may seem impossible to meet. Should you even bother replying? If there's one thing I've experienced as a Recruiter working in the Staffing/Recruitment Industry, its that the "official" job description rarely tells the full story about a job opportunity. In today's episode I discuss 3 ways you can get more clarity on what the real deal is with the role you're interviewing for - before or at the interview itself.
10:12
March 17, 2020
Episode 024 - Career Fairs: Are they worth the time and effort to attend?
If you live in any major city in North America - or anywhere in the world for that matter - you've probably heard about various job/career fairs occurring in your city. But are such events worth attending? Are they worth the time? I've spoken to many candidates over the years who've provided mix feedback. Some have told me they had a great, positive experience. Other, not so much. The reality is: it depends. Not all career fairs are for you. In today's episode I discus 7 tips to help you make the most of and evaluate whether a job fair you may be interested in, would make sense for you.
13:39
March 10, 2020
Episode 023 - Confused about which job search advice to take (or not)?
There's a lot of advice out there regarding the job search, and all those various factors within conducting a successful job search. The bad news is, this can lead to a lot of confusion regarding whose advice to take. Its your responsibility as a job seeker to ensure you evaluate your sources to ensure the advice is applicable to you and that's its advice you should take - this applies to any advice I provide as well. I discuss a few tips in today's episode to help you make that assessment.
13:14
March 3, 2020
Episode 022 - How to make the most of working with a Recruiter?
In order to make the most of working with a Recruiter, you need to understand the benefits that a Staffing Agency can provide to you as a candidate, and maintaining that relationship with your key recruiter contracts. I discuss some tips and strategies in doing so in today's episode.
14:05
February 18, 2020
Episode 021 - 3 Key Metrics to Identify Barriers to Your Job Search
"Why aren't I able to get a job?". I get asked this question a lot from job seekers. One of the first exercises I advise most candidates do is to take note of these 3 key metrics I discuss in today's episode to help identify at which segment of their job search process, some kind of barrier or block may be occurring. It won't provide you with an immediate solution or answer - what this exercise will help you do is pinpoint where exactly its occurring so you can further investigate.
12:30
February 11, 2020
Episode 020 - 4 Reasons Why Follow-up is Important
Do you follow-up after your interviews or just during your job search in general? Follow-up is a very important factor to incorporate during your job search. Not every follow-up contact will prove successful however - it needs to be repeatedly, consistently, and with some creativity sprinkled in as well. In today's episode, I discuss 4 reasons why follow-up is an important strategy YOU need to utilize.
12:17
February 4, 2020
Episode 019 - Active vs Passive candidates: The pluses and minuses
As an organization, if you want to get a really good overview of the available talent in the market - you need to consider both the active and passive talent market. Most organizations go after the "active" talent market which actually represents a smaller portion of the overall talent market. If you want to ensure you have a full view, you need to also consider "passive" talent as well. In today's episode I define both categories and provide you with the pluses and minuses of each.
15:38
January 30, 2020
Episode 018 - Meeting with a Staffing Agency: 7 Tips
During the course of your job search, as a job seeker, you will come into contact with Staffing Agencies. Working with a Recruiter at an Agency can be a great way to get yourself in front of organizations you're interested in working for. In today's episode I cover 7 important tips to prepare for your meeting with the Staffing Agency so you can make the most of it.
10:24
January 28, 2020
Episode 017 - Giving candidates a fair shot @ your interviews
Are you REALLY giving candidates a fair shot when you interview them? I was inspired to record this episode when I was thinking back to an interview I attended as a candidate a few years back and I noticed the interviewer didn't like me like RIGHT AWAY. And although I was well-prepared, nothing I said or did mattered. You are certainly not obligated to put an offer letter in front of every candidate you meet - however, every candidate deserves a fair shot at presenting themselves for the role. I discuss some tips on how you can do that and how it ultimately helps leave a positive impression of your organization's brand.
09:22
January 23, 2020
Episode 016 - Is it okay to call Recruiters @ Staffing Agencies, and why should you?
As a Recruiter working at a Staffing Agency, I get far less incoming communication over the phone than I do via email/social media from job seekers. So, using the phone to call in and introduce yourself to a Staffing Agency can really put you at an advantage when it comes to getting into communication with a Recruiter at an Agency. In today's episode I cover WHY this is a strategy you need to employ and whether its even okay to do this.
12:08
January 21, 2020
Episode 015 - Candidate you want to hire just told you they received a great competing offer/counter-offer. Now what?
If you're looking for top talent and have an offer on the table for top talent - its possible other organizations might be seeking them as well and your selected potential hire might receive competitive offers or counter-offers from other organizations. How do you deal with this? If your first step is simply offering more money (which by the way is great - when an organization is willing to invest in great people), this isn't the correct response. You first need to establish if compensation is even the real issue here, or whether there are other issues or concerns which need to be addressed. I discuss 2 key questions to ask candidates to help you determine that before you get into re-negotiating the package.
16:11
January 16, 2020
Episode 014 - Selecting "stand-out" projects to discuss at your interviews
You might have a lot of exciting projects you've completed that you'd like to speak about at your interviews - however, are you choosing the right ones to speak about and highlight? Are they relevant? How do you know which ones to talk about? No matter how great YOU might think an accomplishment is - if it doesn't speak to the problem the organization is experiencing and which they want you to solve by hiring you, it may not matter to them. I discuss 4 tips which will help ensure you select the right projects to discuss at your interviews.
09:54
January 14, 2020
Episode 013 - Why organizations stumble in pinpointing the right candidate when recruiting
In today's episode, I discuss common mistakes I have seen organizations make in pinpointing the right person for the role they're recruiting for. Many organizations have faced the scenario of having a hiring need, only to find they're meeting with candidates who are not in fact the best skill set or organizational fit. Why does this happen and what can be done to reduce this from occurring? I discuss 4 factors which may be contributing to this in recruitment cycles.
08:18
January 9, 2020
Episode 012 - Top 4 reasons Recruiters are NOT responding to your initial contact
On today's episode, I discuss the top reasons why Recruiters are not responding to your initial attempts at getting into communication with them. I speak to many candidates who experience this as a hurdle and ask me "Why aren't Recruiters responding to my initial attempts at contact?". I discuss the major reasons why this is occurring and make some suggestions on how to work around this to increase your changes of getting into communication.
10:25
January 7, 2020
Episode 011 - Why great talent appear to be turned off by your interview process and drop out?
Are you experiencing candidates consistently dropping out of your interview process? I'm not talking about it being a random occurrence - I mean in a visible pattern!? Over the years as a Recruiter I have noticed this occur at various organizations and usually for similar reasons. In today's episode I discuss the Top 4 reasons why top talent may be choosing to discontinue the process with you, based on feedback I've gotten from candidates over the years.
14:28
January 2, 2020
Episode 010 - Common mistakes candidates make at interviews!
Working as a Recruiter at Staffing Agencies has allowed me the opportunity to assist Clients at various organizations ranging from startups to large-sized multinational organizations - which allows me to notice patterns in terms of feedback I've received from various Clients on the performance of candidates at interviews. When it comes to mistakes made at interviews, in this episode I discuss the most common mistakes made by candidates at interviews, based on feedback I've heard over the years from various organizations. Be sure you're not making these top mistakes!
13:52
December 31, 2019
Episode 009 - Why candidates take up lower offers at other organizations over yours
It's a bizarre phenomenon when a candidate you felt was perfect for your organization takes up an offer elsewhere - sometimes a lower compensation package. Why do they do that? This is usually due to organizations not asking a key set of questions I cover in this episode.
12:55
December 26, 2019
Episode 008 - Is there any point to applying for jobs in the "holiday season"?
December is usually the notorious "holiday season" where the job market appears to grind to a halt. Is there any point applying for jobs during this period? What's the point? This is a frequent concern I hear from job seekers who reach out to me during this time of the hear. In today's episode I cover 4 tips on how to push through this.
07:58
December 24, 2019
Episode 007 - Technical Assessments: Good or Bad for your recruitment process?
A lot of organizations introduce technical assessments to evaluate the technical ability of candidates. But how and where in your recruitment process you introduce these tests can result in top candidates dropping out of your interview pipelines. I discuss why in today's episode.
10:31
December 18, 2019
Episode 006 - How job seekers can determine if a Recruiter can assist
You have a finite amount of time everyday to dedicate to your job search. If you're looking while employed, that time is even more constrained - and you don't want to waste it chasing after people who can't even assist you. In today's episode, I discuss 3 Key Questions to ask Recruiters so you can qualify them to see if they can help you and how frequently you should followup with them - or not.
16:46
December 16, 2019
Episode 005 - Most common mistakes organizations make at interviews
I discuss the Top 5 complaints I've heard consistently from job seekers regarding interviews they've attended. Is your organization making these and is it costing you top talent dropping out of your process?
09:35
December 12, 2019
Episode 004 - Staying motivated during your job search
Staying motivated can be a challenge during your job search - the rejections, no-responses, etc can take a toll on you. So how do you pick yourself back up? I discuss some strategies on how to get yourself motivated again.
14:02
December 10, 2019
Episode 003 - Why your recruitment process is costing you great talent
Candidates dropping out of interviews. Candidates ghosting. Candidates taking other offers over yours. What gives and why do you keep experiencing this? I discuss the top 5 major reasons why this is occurring in this episode.
11:13
December 4, 2019
Episode 002 - Figuring out where you're going wrong in your Job Search
A common question I get asked is: "Dean - why am I not able to get a job?". It's a great question. But before you get to that, you have to break your job search into segments which help you figure out exactly which part is holding you back so you can investigate further.
16:44
December 2, 2019
Conversations with a #TechRecruiter - Episode 001 - About this Podcast
Brief introduction about myself, what this podcast will be about and what to expect. If you're a #jobseeker or #recruitment professional, you'll definitely want to follow me for #jobsearch and #recruitment strategies you can use.
04:09
November 25, 2019